10 Best Spring Books We Can't Wait To Read

What better way to welcome the new season than with some of 2022’s best spring books to add to your reading list? Saying goodbye to the winter is hard for us bibliophiles, I mean, the whole season gives us a reason to cuddle up in our favorite blankets with a good book. 

While the winter is a whole book-loving mood, the spring season is still something we can all look forward to.

When I think of spring reading, I think of reading at my favorite tea room or coffee shop, laying in the grass enjoying a picnic in the park, or even just being home with a cracked window letting in the smell of new flowers. 

If my vivid daydreams aren’t enough to get you excited about reading this spring, I know something that definitely will: a list of the 10 highly anticipated spring books by black women.

With selections from romantic comedies, thrillers, sci-fi, and even memories from our favorite figures in entertainment, you are bound to spring into a new book that is perfect for you.

 

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Best Spring Books To Read In 2022

 

1. Wahala By Nikki May

For those who love a page-turner full of drama and humor, this book is for you. Nikki May tells the story of 3 Anglo-Nigerian women who are also best friends.

In this story, we get a bird’s-eye view into the personal and professional lives of the women as they traverse through family, careers, and new relationships.

After welcoming a fourth into their group, things take a chaotic turn for each woman as the newcomer proves the saying “three’s company, four’s a crowd” more than true. 

 

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2. Nightcrawling” By Leila Mottley

Kiara is a high school drop-out, struggling to take care of herself, her older brother, and the nine-year-old neighbor neglected by his mother.

Desperate for work, she finds herself in a job that she never anticipated: night crawling. While walking the streets of Oakland, she finds herself involved in a mighty scandal involving the Oakland Police department.

Leila Mottley is the 2018 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate. With works being featured in The New York Times and Oprah Daily, she is setting herself up to become one of the great contributors to black literature.

Support her work and her journey by adding this book to your 2022 book list. 

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3. Vagabonds! By Eloghosa Osunde

With her vivid imagination, Eloghosa Osunde takes us into the lives of the Nigerians whose very lives are an act of resistance: the homosexuals, the transexuals, and those seen as ‘other’. 

This book is expected to take its readers on a ride through a cast of characters who are battling “demons, danger, and love”.

If you are ready to get emotionally invested,  pre-order to add to your 2022 reading list or be on the lookout for its March 15th release.

 

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4. Finding Me: A Memoir” By Viola Davis

First, she captured our hearts on screen, and now she’s here to bless us further with this literary performance meant to connect us to ourselves and our purpose in life. 

Described as “ a deep reflection, a promise, and a love letter of sorts to self”, it’s hard to not get excited about Viola Davis’ memoir.

This piece is sure to be one of those uplifting book club books that sparks great ideas and conversation.

 

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5. “Yinka, Where is Your Huzband?” By Lizzi Damilola Blackburn

A romantic comedy about love, friendship, and family. Yinka takes us on a personal journey of finding herself while feeling the pressure of not having yet been married despite her education, great career, and promising future. 
This fun and relatable story make for a good new year novel to fill you with hope, smiles, and laughter.

 

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6. “Like A Sister” By  Kellye Garrett

If you love a good mystery, look no further. Kelly Garratt has provided the perfect book to satisfy those tense, thriller cravings. 

When Desiree Pierce, a black reality TV star, is found dead, no one seems to care about finding out the truth, except her estranged half-sister, Lena Scott.

Determined to prove her sister’s death wasn’t an accident, Lena goes down a dangerous path that can unravel all of her family’s dirty secrets and even land her the same fate as her late sister. 

 

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7. This Boy We Made: A Memoir of Motherhood, Genetics, and Facing The Unknown  By Taylor Harris

On the hunt for a good memoir for book club Taylor Harris has got you covered.

In this stirring, vulnerable, tell-all book, Harris takes us on her bumpy journey of motherhood, battling her anxiety disorder, a questionable healthcare system, and the shocking truths about her and her son’s health. 

This book is sure to keep you on your toes as you get to experience a mother’s resiliency and the unshakable bond between mother and child.

 

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8. “Shine Bright: A Very Personal History of Black Women In Pop” By Danyel Smith

Danyel Smith is a journalist that has always been focused on black creatives. She has interviewed some of our favorite artists: Beyoncé, Janet Jackson, Simone Biles, and many more. 

This fun, dynamic read is a brilliant mix between memoir, criticism, and biography and is a great new book club book.

Smith takes us through her groundbreaking thoughts on the history of black women’s music as the “foundational story of America pop”.

 

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9. “What The Fireflies Knew” By Kai Harris

Bringing back the coming-of-age stories, with black lives front and center, Kai Harris does us plenty of favors with this transformative, emotional tale of two young sisters trying to figure out life after the death of their father. 

If you are seeking books to get back into reading, this book is the one. You can even grab an additional copy and enjoy reading this book with the adolescent, pre-teen, or teen book lover in your life.

 


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10. “By The Book”  By Jasmine Guillory

Described as “a reimaged ‘Beauty and The Beast’ fairytale romance”, how can this not be added to the best books of 2022?

When a young editorial assistant, Isabelle, seeks a perfect opportunity for a promotion, she plans to get a high-profile author by the name of Beu to deliver his manuscript on time.

Traveling to his home to encourage him to finish his manuscript, she learns more about Beu than she expected. 

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Getting Excited About Books Coming Out in 2022

Whether you are reading for pleasure or looking for new book club books, this list featuring some of the best spring books to read will help you effortlessly ease into the new season.

The best part is, while some of these books have already been released this year, there are a number of them that have yet to hit the shelves, giving you ample time to knock down your reading list.

Keep in mind that reading can also count as self-care. It doesn’t matter if you’re reading to escape, to give your mind a rest, or to learn something new, the bottom line is, you are doing something for you. 

Want more reading recommendations but pressed on time? Check out The Best Self-help Books for Black Women to Listen to This Year

 

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K.R. Jay

K.R. Jay

I’m a freelance UX researcher and content designer. Residing in Charlotte, NC with my husband and daughter, I consciously use the experience as a woman of color, wife, and mother to further connect to a greater community and the world. I have a BA in creative writing and English from Spelman College (ATL) and an MA in clinical psychology from Columbia University (NYC) with a passion for spirituality, self-care, and overall personal growth.

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